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The Red Deer Advocate
Friday, September 13, 2002

Environment protection promoted by touring grandma
by Paul Cowley

A Salt Spring Island, B.C., grandmother wheeled into Red Deer in her hybrid gasoline-electric car to drive home an environmental message.

Dorothy Cutting, 71-year-old grandmother of four, said she was taking her newly purchased Honda Civic hybrid to Ottawa to deliver a stack of books to MPs and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

The book by Toronto author Robert Hunter 2030: Confronting Thermagedden in our Lifetime, talks about the ecological disasters facing the Earth as the polar ice caps melt and the planet loses its ability to deflect heat.

Cutting also hopes to arrange a meeting and give a copy of the book to Premier Ralph Klein.

“I’m sure he’s a father and maybe a grandfather,” she said during a brief pit stop in Gasoline Alley on Thursday afternoon. “He’s a human being like anyone else.

“I’m sure if I show him the book and he can see the benefit it’ll make him stop and think.”

Cutting’s $28,000 car can drive 100 km on as little as 4.9 litres of gasoline. The engine shifts seamlessly between using its gasoline engine and power stored in batteries behind the rear seat.

A bumper sticker reads: “I’m driving my hybrid to give my grandchildren a future.”

Cutting said the Sierra Club of Canada is supporting her by buying the copies of the book for the politicians. She has also given copies to libraries and other interested people. Cutting she is deeply concerned that unless emissions are cut drastically, billions will starve or die of thirst because of water shortages, crop failures and natural disasters.

“I’m not thinking about myself, I’m 71. By the time things get really bad I’ll be dead. “I know, especially for my grandchildren, that their lives will be a living hell unless we change things.”

Cutting and her white German shepherd Arta hope to arrive in Ottawa Sept. 21-23.

The Daily News (Kamloops)
Thursday, September 12, 2002
Page A6

Fighting Kyoto the easy way out
by Duncan Clark

DOROTHY CUTTING deserves a lot of praise for the cause she’s promoting. The 71-year-old grandmother and former environmental lobbyist is touring Canada in an eco-friendly vehicle promoting the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Cutting rolled through Kamloops Tuesday on her way to Ottawa, where she plans to present each of Canada’s 301 MPs with Bob Hunter’s recently published book 2030: Confronting Thermageddon In Our Lifetime. Hunter’s book, as Cutting put it, “has been able to present very scary information to people so that they understand it emotionally.”

Emotion is becoming, more and more, a key word when it comes to the issue of protecting the environment. In Alberta, Ralph Klein and his Tory government have been quite emotional when it comes to the Kyoto Accord on greenhouse gases, which Prime Minister Jean Chretien recently announced would be put to a vote in parliament in short order. To put it simply, this means the accord will be ratified — the majority Liberal government will ensure as much. Klein — and many others in this country — are against Kyoto because of its potential effects on the economy. With Alberta being so oil-rich, this can be understood on one level. But on another, Klein and the detractors of Kyoto are being incredibly selfish.

While nobody can be sure if the predictions in Hunter’s book — nine billion people starving from the effects of global warming within 30 years — will come true, science is mostly unified on the need to cut greenhouse gases.

And while Canada can’t control what other countries do (the U.S. has been especially defiant of Kyoto), it can control what it does itself.

We cannot ignore the economic impacts of reducing the consumption, and therefore production, of fossil fuels. Therefore, it is time for Canada to make creative solutions an immediate priority. New revenue- and energy-creating sources must be explored. We cannot afford — nor can future generations afford — to ignore this problem. We need a planet to live on, and Earth is the only one we have right now.

Kyoto should be ratified, if only to ensure we’re headed in the right direction. And instead of panicking over where the money is going to come from, it’s time for people such as Klein, and indeed all of us, to start using a different resource to ensure a prosperous future: brainpower.

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